Beauty, Love, and Justice
Pastor Alan Hannah - January 16 & 17
Scriptures: Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God, he created them; male and female he created them. - Genesis 1:26-27 (NLT)
1. Every human being has divine beauty because they are created in the image of God [Imago Dei].
“It cannot be denied that too often the weight of the Christian movement has been on the side of the strong and the powerful and against the weak and oppressed – this, despite the gospel.” – Howard Thurman
2. Because of the divine beauty found in every human being, we are called to love every human being as Christ has loved us.
“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
3. Justice is the order required by love.
• Justice is not a political word; it is a Biblical word.